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Police Absolve Peace Mass Transit Of Complicity In Abia, Bayelsa Auto Crashes

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The Police in Abia and Bayelsa States have absolved a popular transport

company, Peace Mass Transit, PMT, of complicity in the auto crashes which

claimed 23 passengers, on 22nd and 29th June, in Umuahia and Bayelsa,

Recall that a PMT bus crashed with a MAN Diesel truck at Umuahia, killing

14 passengers while 9 persons were killed when a Mercedes Benz truck

collided with another bus belonging to the company in Bayelsa state.

In an Police interim report signed by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO,

Akinima, Bayelsa State, ASP Okon Etim, entitled; 'Re- Case of fatal motor

accident involving a Toyota Hiace bus with Reg no. , ENU 586 XB and a

Mercedes truck with Reg. no NZN 109 XA, and another report from the State

Traffic Office, Police headquarters, Umuahia, signed by Olatubosun Gbenga,

the Police said the driver of the MAN Diesel truck was over speeding and

drove recklessly leading to the crash at Umuahia while in Bayelsa, the

driver of the Mercedes Benz truck swerved from his lane to the lane of the

PMT bus where it had a head on collision leading to the death of nine

“On the report of the accident, the scene was visited, sketch map was

drawn, corpse deposited at the Federal Medical Centre morgue, Umuahia.

Accident vehicles were recovered for VIO's investigation. Photographs of

the vehicles and scene were taken. On the Bayelsa accident, the corpses

were deposited at Paradise Mortuary Services, Zarama. The truck driver,

Samuel Kalu is culpable and will be charged to court as soon as he

Addressing a press conference in Enugu, Chairman and Chief Executive

Officer of PMT, Chief Samuel Maduka Onyishi, who said the company, has been

in a mourning mood since the accidents; however lamented the outcry against

PMT even when its drivers were not culpable in the two accidents.

According to him, “Nobody cared to ask questions about the cause of the

accidents or the truck driver; what everybody is saying, Kill Peace, kill

Peace. There has been uproar from our customers and the public. We are not

unaware of calculated attempts to bring us down. We are blamed even people

kill my drivers and passengers. It is only the government agencies that

took a different position. The Police and FRSC have released their released

their reports on the accidents, now everybody have seen that PMT drivers

were not the cause of the accidents. People judge us from outside because

they are aware of these facts.”
Onyishi disclosed that PMT have well maintained buses fitted with speed

limiters while her drivers are regularly trained on safety measures and

appealed to the public to continue to support the company.

“I want to be among the people who developed this country. I started as a

bus driver and stopped driving when we got 18 buses. From two buses in

1995, PMT has over 3,000, moving passengers across 26 states. All the money

I make, I invest them in motor parks and buses to create jobs. I have

created jobs in over 26 states. PMT has over 4,000 employees. In Nigeria,

every staff has at least 4 dependents. If so much hatred and wickedness is

meted out on me, is it an incentive for us to continue to invest? It is

He added that the company operates a safety scheme for passengers and does

not fail in reaching out to the injured and bereaved families.

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